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DT 27289 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27289 (Hints)

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It’s your last chance to enter our Monthly Prize Puzzle!

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.


1a           Enter about fifty in total (8)
Put a verb meaning to enter an event around the Roman numeral for fifty

10a         Smart circle’s old beer? (6)
A verb meaning to smart or hurt followed by the circular letter

12a         Carried outside when ready to eat (7)
A verb meaning carried outside a two-letter word meaning when

13a         Long odds about lunchtime? (6,2,3)
These long betting odds could also be a time somewhere around lunchtime

16a         The ‘Scotsman’ for instance did it to get rid of surplus energy (3,3,5)
Something that the Flying Scotsman might have done

24a         She does an entertaining take-off (8)
… by removing her clothes

ARVE Error: need id and provider

25a         Try that’s made in rugby (6)
A verb meaning to try also means to stop an opponent in rugby

26a         Rebuilt cart — it is creative (8)
An anagram (rebuilt) of CART IT IS


1d           Illicit rice contains this acid (6)
Hidden (contains) inside the clue

2d           Single from over with no runs? (6)
Two definitions – a young unmarried girl and an over in cricket from which no runs are scored

3d           Left before beer round’s got in — missed a trick (4,3)
L(eft} and a type of beer with the round letter inside

4d           He is following two others (5,6)
The grammatical term for “he”, as opposed to “I” and “you”, could also be someone following two others

8d           Like a sword that’s doubly sharp (3-5)
… and if you want to know what is cryptic about this then join the queue!

14d         Iris’s bluster — shameless! (8)
Another name for the iris followed by some bluster

18d         Swallow single cocktail (7)
A bird which is similar to a swallow but with a shorter tail followed by I (single)

19d         Initially puts up with dog perhaps — one’s highly strung (6)
The initial letter of Puts followed by UP and the type of domestic animal of which a dog is an example

ARVE Error: need id and provider

20d         Containing a metal, could be terrific without it perhaps (6)
An anagram (could be) of (T)ERRIF(I)C without the assorted letters (perhaps) of IT – the convention is that if the letters to be removed are in a different order to how they appear in the word to be rearranged then a second anagram indicator, in this case perhaps, is required

The Crossword Club is now open.  Feel free to leave comments.

As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put any ANSWERS, whether WHOLE, PARTIAL or INCORRECT, or any ALTERNATIVE CLUES in your comment, else they may be censored!

The Quick crossword pun: (suss} + {pens} + {ful} = {suspenseful}

62 comments on “DT 27289 (Hints)

  1. Thanks to the setter and to Big Dave for the hints. A very enjoyable puzzle, all plain sailing until I got to 7d & 12a which were the last two in. Favourites were 12a & 2&14d. Was 2*/3* for me. Central heating has packed up, so I hope it stays mild.

    1. Still struggling with 7d & 12a – started late. Also 5a – top RH corner in fact, even with 6d,8d & 10a (also13a) solved. Have not yet trawled through all comments……

  2. Over far to quickly for me, this was a nice gentle puzzle which in my opinion was far to easy for a prize CW.Many thanks to the setter & BD for the review.Sat by the pool watching the corgi having his weekly swimming therapy.

  3. 10a had me reaching for Chambers because there is a similar word, loved by crossword compilers, which means ‘drunk’. It wasn’t that word [obviously] but the solution was on the same page… I was pleased to see that you’ve provided a solution for 18d, Dave, because, although I claim to be something of an ornithologist, the penny took a long while to drop.

    1. 10a was my last in! Very embarrassed that it was brewed by my old local Yorkshire brewery!
      Enjoyable but fairly easy Saturday

    2. Caravaggio, I have always wondered why you never post more than one comment per week – always on a Saturday morning.

      Looking forward to your reply – next Saturday morning, perhaps?

  4. This was <1* difficulty and 2* for enjoyment for me today for what I found to be a “read and write” puzzle. 14d was the best of what for me was a relatively mediocre selection of clues.

    Thanks to Mr. Ron and to BD for his review, and particularly for his explanation of perhaps in 20d.

  5. Easiest in a long time for me. All completed quite quickly except 1A which I seemed to have some mental block about, so thanks for the hint, it was most welcome.

    1. 7d – The definition is a social event, and is constructed by the musical abbreviation for loud, followed by something that is soothing, in a medicinal sense.

  6. Have to agree that this was a bit easy-pie for a Saturday.
    Originally put “12” in 13a, which still seems to me a better answer than the correct version.

  7. Agreed with all of the above – a virtual write in with the last being 10a/7d. I took a flier on the former which gave me the latter on checking letters. Thanks to the setter and BD. I’m now going to play catch up on the rest of the week.

  8. Lovely crossword – just what I needed on a busy Saturday – although 10a is a new word for me, the clue was straightforward.

    1. Thank you for that. I wanted to read it but, because I only pay crossword subs, I wasn’t able to access it!

    2. My pleasure was short lived; as soon as I clicked on it, it threw me out! Pity, I would have liked to read it.

  9. really stuck on 6d and 7d. brain seems to be in reverse. apart from that i am really stating to get into these cryptics. hope i dont bore the people around me – they just dont get it.

    1. 7d – look in Comment 6 above.
      6d – starts with two letters for about, then a five letter word, which you may associate more with a piece of land, for pamphlet (it’s in Chambers if you have it).

  10. There is a hint for 7d above.

    6d The answer is a word meaning withdraw what’s said. It comes from a word meaning about and another word for a pamphlet or leaflet.

  11. A fun doddle today apart from 10a which needed a reference (never heard of it!) */***. At least competition entries can be by email these days – I have spent a fortune on posting DT entries in the past and not a sign of a pen yet! 22a and 12d amused me.

  12. Well it must have been pretty easy as it’s the first one I’ve ever completed in a day! Favourite was 1a. Guessed at 10a and then checked. Still can’t parse 12d but pretty sure I’ve got it. Can anyone help?

    1. 12d An expression meaning strictly, exactly, sounds like it might be directed at someone who has property to rent out.

  13. Easy one today, except I got 13A on my third attempt, my odds getting longer each time!
    Waiting (in vain so far) for the promised good weather. Time to return the sun beds to the attic?

  14. Nice gentle puzzle for a Saturday! New word for me was 10a but easy enough to work out and confirm with my friend google. It took a long time to get 5a, so easy in retrospect. Thanks to setter and BD for hints, not needed today but always a pleasure to read.

  15. Thank you setter, not too taxing and a pleasure to solve during our drive round Anglesey. Started at South Stack, visibility less than 100m ( no chough ) ! and ended at Beaumaris, 20 deg and bathed in sunshine and packed with visitors. Thanks BD for the hints as usual.

  16. Enjoyable Saturday puzzle.

    favourite was 10a – when I was working in Paris many years ago a British pub opened nearby and I bought six bottles of 10a and took them next day to Zürich to a meeting.
    The Swiss customs held me up for around 45 minutes while I tried to convince them
    that it was beer! Eventually they let me go to the relief of my colleagues who were waiting to welcome me.

    We all enjoyed the stuff!

  17. Enjoyable puzzle. Thank you setter and BD. Enjoyed the comments. For once we seem to be ad idem. For me it was a write in all apart from 1a and the NE quarter 1a was the last in. Can’t think why save that I was trying to fit in a more complicated word and did not think of that meaning for enter. The penny finally dropped. So did the NE corner once I got 6d. Despite liking their pubs I had not heard of 10a but easy to work out with the checking letters.

  18. Superb puzzle with much enjoyment. Easy but as BD says none the less enjoyable for that. Stuck a few times but, thanks to BD, got unblocked.
    If only we knew who sets the Saturday puzzles. I think that it may be a committee

  19. I thought this was particularly easy but enjoyable nonetheless. Completed whilst in the queue at Lord’s. last in 12a which held me up for a little while. All over rather too rapidly. Notts win and 3 points (and 3 goals) for the mighty West Brom.

  20. I have a complaint!! We were rung up this morning by my ancient Mum – we ended up in A&E. Having done all this many times before and therefore knowing how many hours of hanging around is involved I had the wit to grab the paper so that I at least had a crossword to do – my complaint is that it didn’t keep me occupied for very long!! Oh dear – moan over.
    This has to be, for me anyway, a 1* for both difficulty and enjoyment. I think the first reflects just how straightforward it was and the second probably reflects my general state of mind so absolutely not the fault of the setter – apologies to him or her.
    I’ve never heard of 10a.
    I liked 9 and 12a and 4d. My favourite was 16a as that’s what I’ve just done!
    With thanks to the setter and BD.
    On the plus side I haven’t even had time to look at NTSPP so can look forward to that tomorrow.

      1. Thanks – she’s OK but always a worry niggling away at the back of my brain. It doesn’t leave much space for fun which is just one of the reasons that I love this blog so, yet again, thanks to all who work so hard to keep it going, especially BD who lets his crossword blog get hi-jacked by blithering idiots like me!!

  21. A nice puzzle. I will probably go DOH! when someone explains it but I can’t see how 22a works- I can’t fathom the first half of the clue at all :-(

    1. Hi AndyB. How some food is prepared minus C for cold. Hope I don’t get put on the naughty step.

      1. Thanks – got it now. Didn’t know the word that part one of the clue points to. – need to read my wife’s cookery books!

  22. Well I am very glad that fellow contributors thought this weeks prize puzzle was on the easy side because
    I have had a very busy day and did not look at the paper until late , for me.
    This was after a visit to the local , the first time I have been in a pub for more than six months ( I am not a drinker ).
    After 3 pints of Woodforde Wherry and a short walk home I finished the Crossword in record time so much so that
    I commented to my wife and drinking partner for the evening that it was very worrying that a few pints could have such an effect
    and perhaps this should become a regular Saturday evening occurrence , until of course I read the comments .
    The landlord will not be happy !!

    hic , hic .

    1. got it now , myself , finally , according to “submit” but I really couldn’t tell you why. I’ll find out in the review, perhaps.Otherwise , I didn’t think it was a write as some people seemed to. Thanks to setter and to BD.

      1. 12a – was my last one in … BD has given a hint!

        Far be it from me to attempt to improve upon that … hic, hic!

  23. Can’t for the life of me see why 12a is what it is……I got it via the checking letters as the only viable cooking related term that would fit. Unless the last letter from 8d is wrong. The hint didn’t make it any clearer for me, which makes me think, in spite of everything, I got it wrong, which means there is at least one more wrong. I sprinted through this one until getting severely bogged down by the NE corner.

    1. I too was slightly confused by the ‘ready to eat’ as there are lots of things ready to eat that aren’t 12a. I’m sure you have the right word!

      1. Very releived to discover I’m not the only one who’s confused by 12a. It’s been puzzling me since yesterday !

        Apart from that, not too taxing so I had time to visit an exhibition of some of my work at N.T. Studland ( Knoll Beach) which meant at least one person came in !!!

        As always, many thanks to BD for the essential (for me) hints and to the setter.

        1. So what is your work – paintings, prints, photographs or sculpture. (What a wonderfully usefully thing is the interweb ;) )

          Were it nearer I’d go and have a look for myself.

          1. Hi CS, thanks for asking. I “do” sculpture, in hardwood – shame you aren’t nearer we’re off there now ready to clear out at 4.00 pm. Lot of effort but occasionally rewarding !!

  24. I managed to finish yesterday’s prize crossword without any help from BD’s hints, but I have to admit that there were a couple of guesses which fitted (and were correct) but which I did not understand until I read BD’s hints and some of the readers’ comments.
    For example, the beer is 10a is unknown here (in South Africa, at least unknown to me until Google confirmed my answer!) and I was baffled by the thinking behind 22a until I read Little Dave’s explanation, and even then I had to Google the cookery term in question.
    I am, however, still puzzled by the thinking behind 23a. I get the two-letter symbol for gold, followed by two letters which are an unfinished article, but then I would have expected the last two letters to be the same as the first two (putting gold “repeatedly (a)round”). That, of course, would produce a nonsense word, so I have completed the obvious answer (an “originator”) but still don’t understand why/how the last two letters come about. Can someone explain?

      1. Thank you! Now that you remind me, I remember having seen it many times on descriptions of coats of arms.

  25. Oh, and by the way, I agree wholeheartedly with BD’s subtle criticism of the not-so-cryptic clue for 8d!

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